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  Volume 14, # 9 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . May, 1999

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A Teacher's Wisdom . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kahlil Gibran

     "The teacher who walks among his or her students gives not of one's wisdom but rather of one's faith and lovingness. If he or she is indeed wise he or she does not bid you enter the house of his or her wisdom, but rather leads you to the threshold of your own mind. For the vision of one person lends not its wings to another person."


Business Greatness . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Charles Schwab

"The real test of business greatness lies in giving opportunity to others."


On Character . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Character is higher than intellect."


On Maturity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ann Flanders

     "Maturity is the ability to do a job whether or not you are supervised, to carry money without spending it and to bear an injustice without wanting to get even."


Give Life Your Best! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Fr. Brian Cavanaugh, TOR

     "Give life your best. At all times and in all circumstances, always give your best in whatever you do.
     It does not matter in what place you finish if you gave life your best. Likewise, no matter in what place you do finish, it doesn't matter if it is not your best.
     When you give life your best, there is no need for apologies or excuses, so go ahead—give life your best!"


A Sermon Walking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Oliver Goldsmith

"You can preach a better sermon with your life than with your lips."


Pray for Guidance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Og Mandino, The Greatest Salesman in the World

"Scroll 10: ‘I will pray for guidance.'
     Never will I pray for the material things of the world…Only for guidance will I pray, that I may be shown the way… and my prayer will always be answered.
     I will pray in this manner:
     ‘O Creator of all things, help me. For this day I go out into the world naked and alone, and without your hand to guide me I will wander far from the path which leads to success and happiness.
     ‘Guide me so that I may acquire ability equal to my opportunities.
     ‘Assign me tasks to which others have failed; yet guide me to pluck the seeds of success from these failures. Confront me with fears that will temper my spirit; yet endow me with courage to laugh at my misgivings.
     ‘But all these things be only if thy will. I am a small and lonely grape clutching the vine yet thou hast made me different from all others. Verily, there must be a special place for me. Guide me. Help me. Show me the way.'
     ‘Let me become all you planned for me when my seed was planted and selected by you to sprout in the vineyard of the world. Guide me, God.'"


Politics to Baseball . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Will Rogers Speaks, 4-26-1925

     "From politics to baseball is quite a jump upwards. Not only financially, but morally."


Christian Education . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Fr. Mike Scanlan, TOR

     "The goal of a Christian institution is not just information but transformation."


High Spots in Life . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . George Matthew Adams

     "There are high spots in all our lives, and most of them have come about through encouragement from someone else. I don't care how great, how famous or successful a man or woman may be, each hungers for applause.
     Encouragement is oxygen to the soul. Good work can never be expected from a worker without encouragement. No one ever lived without it."


Time Management . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Zig Ziglar, Top Performance, Vol. 2, # 1

     "Time management is really a misnomer, since you don't ‘manage' time, but instead you use or invest time. You manage (or mismanage) activity or performance. When you manage activities properly, you will automatically be investing your time wisely."


Make A Difference . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Christophers News Notes, Apr. 1988

     "Most great accomplishments, throughout the course of history, began with one individual's inspiration, idea or a desire to change a negative situation for the better.
     What transforms thought into concrete achievement is the determination, perseverance, and patience of the individual.
     The achievement of any goal often involves setbacks and failures, large and small. But by letting failures educate rather than discourage, you can increase your chances of achieving your objective. The only real failure occurs when you give up on an attainable goal."


Faith is the… . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Rabindranath Tagore

"Faith is the bird that feels the light and sings
when the dawn is still dark."


Pentecost Now! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Tom Lane, Alive Now!, May-June ‘88, p. 22

     "When the Holy Spirit became evident on the Day of Pentecost not everyone listened and understood…many missed out. Rather indicative of so many of life's activities.
     The Spirit still confronts, challenges, changes, consecrates those who dare to listen–trust–respond in their daily living."


Advice On Adversity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Henry Ford

     "When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it."


"For Young People" . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Thomas A. Edison

     "Always be interested in whatever you are doing at the time, and think only of that thing in all its bearings and master it. Don't mind the clock, but keep at it, and let Nature indicate the necessity of rest. After resting, go at the work again with the same interest. The world pays big prices for the people who know the value of, and satisfaction of, persistent hard work."


Every Believer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pope John XXIII

"Every believer in this world
must become a spark of light."


Messenger of the Heart . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Angelus Silesius

     "We keep so busy talking, we are so keen to act that we forget that in the heart lies all we need untapped, intact"


Power to Ask . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jack Canfield, The Aladdin Factor, p. 2

     "Until I knew I could ask for whatever I wanted, I had lived my life in an unacknowledged state of resignation. I had silently agreed not to be a nuisance or a bother, to never intrude on anyone, to never take up anyone's time and certainly not to be a pest!
     All I had to do was ask? It was that simple? Why had I never thought of it? It simply hadn't occurred to me."


Lives are Shaped . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dr. Karl Menninger

     "Our lives are shaped by those who love us as well as those who refuse to love us."


On Commitment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Anonymous

     "Commitment is a line you must cross…it is the difference between dreaming and doing."

     "Pride is a personal commitment; it is an attitude which separates excellence from mediocrity."


University Convocation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Fr. Anthony de Mello, SJ

     "Suspicious as the Master was of knowledge and learning in matters divine, he never missed a chance to encourage the arts and sciences and every other form of learning. So it as no surprise that he readily accepted an invitation to address the university convocation.
     He arrived an hour ahead of time to wander about the campus and marvel at the facilities for learning that were non-existent in his own day.
     Typically, his convocation speech lasted less than a minute. He said:
Laboratories and libraries, halls and porch and arch
and learned lectures—all shall be of no avail
if the wise heart and the seeing eye are absent."


A Lesson for Living . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Johnny Cash

     The legendary country singer, Johnny Cash was addicted to drugs in the 1960s and went to jail several times. Cash says he overcame his addiction by renewing his faith. He tells how a shoeshine man taught him a lesson for living back in 1956 but, unfortunately, it took several more years for him to really understand the lesson.
     "I was expecting a fast, snappy job like the young folks do," Cash said, "and he was going about his job real slow. I said to him, ‘You don't seem to be doing too much snapping.'
     "That shoeshine man looked up at me sort of sideways and said, ‘That's the problem with the world these days— there's too much snapping and not enough shining.'"


Another planting season comes to an end–the 14th!
Plant these "seeds" well and water often. Enjoy!

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